As we wrote last week, we’re invested in the climate movement for a number of reasons, including this one: Floods, droughts and extreme temperatures will ultimately lead to a food crisis.
Nobody knows this better than farmers.
And farmers are already struggling with the impact of climate change.
In a recent interview on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Nick Maravell, owner and operator of Nick’s Organic Farm in Buckeystown, Md., put it this way:
“It used to be farmers would get together and talk about having a good year. Now we're getting together and hoping for a normal year, and we haven't had one in a long time. We're getting what I call the broken record syndrome. Every few years we break another record . . . We go from the driest year on record to the wettest year on record back to back. We go from the coldest spring to the warmest spring back to back. We have these stretches of erratic from a farmer's perspective unusual long hot spell, long cold spell. That never used to happen to us. I've been doing this 40 years and believe me, the climate has changed."
If there’s anything that every human being in the world has in common it’s this: We all need food to survive.
If we do nothing to avert an irreversible climate crisis, if we do nothing to support farmers—especially those farmers committed to producing healthy food while also increasing the soil’s potential to store excess carbon—we’re pretty much doomed.
Even the makers of the worst possible, highly processed junk food will run out of options in the face of a total climate-driven ecosystem collapse.
So, to those of you who are already on board with our collaboration around the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal project, thank you!
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